Logging PHP output

Is there any way to make PHP (or Apache) log the output of a PHP script for debug purposes?

I've tried using SCRIPTLOG in Apache, and can't get it to work using the PHP apache module, so wonder if there's any way of doing it in PHP (or if someone knows how to do it in Apache using the PHP module)

Paul
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pscsukAsked:
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Giovanni GCTOCommented:
The fastest way to do this is using Output Control functions:
http://it.php.net/manual/en/ref.outcontrol.php

basically do something like this:
ob_start();

//do your stuff

and before the end:
$buf = ob_get_contents();
//save $buf in a file, like fopen("myoutput.log", "w");

then you either call ob_flush(); to send the buffer to the browser, or let the script end and it will do it automatically.
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shmertCommented:
Do you want to log ALL output from a script?  Or just the errors?

If you want all output, go with ThG.  If you want selective logging, you could implement a custom logMessage($message) function that writes to a file.

If you're interested in logging errors, php.ini has settings for directing all error output to a log file.
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pscsukAuthor Commented:
It was all output.

(basically the web browser is doing some bizarre things, like not showing new data even though the PHP script has been called, and another web browser calling the same script works OK - so we want to see what the web browser is getting (we can't use 'Show page source' in the browser, because it's not updating for some reason)

Thanks

Paul
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Giovanni GCTOCommented:
You may also find this useful:

header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT"); // Date in the past
header("Last-Modified: " . gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s") . " GMT"); // always modified
header("Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate"); // HTTP/1.1
header("Cache-Control: post-check=0, pre-check=0", false);
header("Pragma: no-cache"); // HTTP/1.0

Good luck.
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pscsukAuthor Commented:
It wasn't caching...

Actually, since posting we seem to have fixed the problem, but I don't know how.

Our web server was calling PHP using CGI. I changed this to use the Apache php module, and it all seems to work fine now..

The logs were showing the script returning about 7k to the 'problem' browser, but about 42k to the 'working' browser. That's why I wanted to see what the difference was...

Thanks anyway :-)

Paul
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